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Winning on the road is Lions' biggest challenge

Spiro Zavos HERE is a recent news flash: ''South Wales police have asked for witnesses to come forward regarding the brutal crime against 15 Englishmen on a visit to Cardiff who were robbed of a Grand Slam they...

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Lions to kick against their revered heritage

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Spiro Zavos Not long after the 2013 British and Irish Lions squad was announced, I received this email from a well-informed England supporter: ‘‘The two best players in their position left behind [Andrew...

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Keeping in perspective the Lions that awed

Spiro Zavos Alan Jones, in his days as a successful Wallaby coach, used to tell his players when controversies erupted around himself and his team: ''The dogs are barking, but the caravan moves on.''

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Fitting time to reflect on Lions revolution

Spiro Zavos ON Tuesday about 3pm, a group gathered at Campbells Hill cemetery in Maitland around the grave of Bob Seddon, the captain of the 1888 first Lions side.

Lions' push to win at any cost betrays game's spirit

Spiro Zavos I WATCHED the dramatic, error-ridden second Test between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions from a splendid seat in the stands at Etihad Stadium.

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Waratahs' all-court game brings glory to all

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Spiro Zavos There you go. Phil Waugh has declared that the 2014 NSW Waratahs are probably the “most complete” side in the history of the Super Rugby tournament.

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SANZAR penalty on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika way too harsh

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Spiro Zavos The SANZAR ruling on Michael Cheika's misconduct is not a case of the punishment fitting the crime; it is a case of a minor misdemeanor, at worst, being trumped up as a crime to fit a determination...

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Crusaders' running game, incisive kicking to test Sharks' 'kick tennis' in Super Rugby encounter

Spiro Zavos There were 87 kicks in the kickathon last weekend between the Brumbies and the Sharks. Laurie Fisher, the director of rugby at the Brumbies franchise, took to Twitter to note that his side won the...

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Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies squad designed to win Tests and public's hearts and minds

Spiro Zavos The long journey to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup has started. The first step was taken on Thursday at the ARU headquarters by Ewen McKenzie when he named a 32-player Wallabies squad.

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Super Rugby should make Brian O'Driscoll an offer he can't refuse

Spiro Zavos Let us praise the rugby career of Brian O'Driscoll, on and off the field, and make a modest proposal about his future.

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SANZAR's insistence on local referees is skewing results

Spiro Zavos SANZAR refuses to acknowledge that the heart of the refereeing problem in Super Rugby lies in the decision in 2009 to ditch the neutral refereeing system and bring in local referees.

SANZAR call on refs likely to hit home

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Spiro Zavos On Monday SANZAR announced, in a travesty of an even-playing-field policy, the match officials for the Bulls-Brumbies Super Rugby semi-final.

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McKenzie takes gamble on Cooper off the bench

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Spiro Zavos A few days before the third Test between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions, I chatted with Graham Henry, the great All Blacks coach.

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Hooper's shining example points to bright future with Wallabies

Spiro Zavos MICHAEL Hooper is the Wallabies' template for future success.

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Cooper's return will test a curly question

Spiro Zavos THE return of Quade Cooper as playmaker for the Wallabies is a gamble. But it is a gamble worth taking if it lifts the Wallabies out of their slide towards mediocrity.

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Champion All Blacks side is only going to get better

Spiro Zavos Brad Thorn, a Rugby World Cup winner and multiple NRL premiership champion, once reckoned it was harder to win a Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship tournament than the Rugby World Cup.

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Desperate Wallabies must storm walls of Fortress Twickenham

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Spiro Zavos THE stadium at Twickenham, where the Wallabies are playing England on Sunday morning (AEST), has been described as the venue where the Forsytes and their class equivalents are ''at play''.

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McKenzie's blunder raises questions over his tactical nous

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Spiro Zavos In the 20th minute of the engrossing qualifying final between the Reds and the Sharks, Ewen McKenzie made a fateful and wrong decision.

Henry in Pumas' corner shows coaches transcend nationality

Spiro Zavos THE main Wellington newspaper, The Dominion Post, had a killer photo on its main sports page this week.

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Democratic or dictatorial, best coaching system is a winning system

Spiro Zavos There has been a fierce debate this week about the good rucking Richie McCaw has given his former coach, Robbie Deans, in his rugbiography The Open Side.

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